Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea, talks about his interest in the whaleship Essex and the history of whaling on Nantucket. Hear more about Philbrick's historical interests and other works he has written.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.
When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.